How to reduce energy costs this winter

Winter energy saving tips

Starting to feel the chill in the air? We all know what that means – winter is approaching. That, of course, translates to higher energy bills as we desperately try to keep us and our families warm.

But don’t fret! There are ways to save energy and keep costs to a minimum.

As recommended by the Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy, you can start by taking 3 essential steps. It’s time to get:

  1. Informed – Find out how much you can save and investigate the factors for energy price increases.
  2. Organised – Ensure you understand your energy bill and identify energy hot-spots around the home.
  3. Moving – Compare electricity and gas retailers in your area and review the best options for you – whether it’s time-of-use pricing, off-peak hot water, or installing a smart meter.

Easy ways to save electricity and gas usage

For many of us, our first instinct is to promptly wake our heaters from their summer slumber. But there are methods to ensure you’re getting the most from your heating.

  • Shut the curtains – More than one-third of heat can leak out the windows.
  • Stop the drafts – Invest in door seals, draft-proofing strips, and door snakes to reduce heating costs by up to 25%.
  • Only heat areas you need – It might sound obvious, but you can restrict warm air from leaking into unused rooms by closing doors. This includes the laundry and bathrooms.
  • Invest in energy-efficient appliances – If your current heater is on the way out or has a low energy rating, it might be time to invest in a new one!

For more energy saving tips, visit our blog on ‘5 ways to make an eco-friendly home’.

Staying warm without power  

The good news is, you don’t need to rely upon your heater or air-conditioning to feel comfortable this winter. You can try the following tips:

  • Layer up – To put it simply, wear warmer clothes! If your place is very cold, try adding an insulating thermal layer and adding up to four layers to keep your core temperature warm.
  • Warm your hands and feet – It’s time to bring out those gloves, thick socks, and beanie. Yes, it’s okay to wear them indoors!
  • Use a hot water bottle – Rather than using the electric blanket, try the traditional method of warming up your bed. It’s also nice to cuddle up with on the couch.

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